This coming July artists Ailie Rutherford and Flis Mitchell will be working with the archives at Glasgow Women’s Library responding to their newly housed archives collection. By grouping material from the archives together alphabetically, they aim to discovering playful and innovative ways of looking at the GWL materials. This process creates interesting juxtapositions of ideas and objects. For example S is for Spare Rib, Sewing Patterns and Sappho…..
They are particularly inspired by odd combination of items found stored together and in the vast array of material that is as yet unlisted and un-shelved and their response will draw on these unusual combinations to explore the
multifaceted nature of women’s lives. Their research findings and response to GWLs archive will then be published online as the A to Z of the Female Landscape.
Flis Mitchell makes drawings. Her work seeks to explore what contemporary drawing is and consider
what it means to make drawn work. Her work is based around projects which focus on a specific line of enquiry and are underpinned by extensive research. Her recent work Ultimate Failure and Ultimately Death is a text drawing of a novel transcribed which has been transcribed in its entirety.
Ailie Rutherford’s collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works and shaped by the people who actively engage in the process. Her interest in collective ownership informs her artistic approach, creating multi-disciplinary works that explore the relationships between people, their natural, social and built environments. Her recent work includes: Future Archive and The People’s Bank of Govanhill created during her residency with Govanhill Baths and Home commissioned for Tate Liverpool.